Bryn Goldswain

Profile

Bryn Vernon Goldswain was born in Merthyr Tydfil. When he was four years old the family moved to the small mining village of Abercrave and it was with the local village team that he played his first rugby, eventually going on to play for the famous Neath club. During the war he volunteered for the R.A.F. and here he alternated between playing soccer and rugby and actually had a trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was whilst in the forces that he made the acquaintance of Ted Bedford of Hull Kingston Rovers and at the conclusion of the war he was invited to go for a trial at Craven Park, on Ted’s recommendation. One “A” team game was enough to convince the Rovers administration to promote him straight to the first team and within a few weeks he was a professional player.

His transfer to Oldham came in July 1949, where he was immediately installed as club captain. This was the beginning of the moulding together of the side that would bring the success of the 1950’s. A superb footballer, Bryn was a skilful ball handler and possessed a fine kicking game, being able to wallop the leather enormous distances off either foot. His own enthusiasm and leadership qualities provided the perfect example for his colleagues to follow. These talents did not go unrewarded and he was to add to the Welsh caps he had already won while at Hull K.R. Under Goldswain’s captaincy Oldham began to gain a reputation for an entertaining style of play, not that he was alone responsible for this development, and he himself was quick to acknowledge the influence of Stirrup, Daley, Keith and others among his contemporaries.

Bryn missed out on the major honours that came to the club at the end of the fifties, picking up just two “runners up” medals from the 1954-55 Lancashire Cup and League Championship Finals. He retired at the end of the 1955-56 season and must have taken comfort in the knowledge that his preferred brand of entertaining, top quality Rugby League Football became the hallmark of the Oldham team. Definitely one of the most influential players in the history of the club.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Leigh v Oldham Away August 20, 1949 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away August 27, 1949 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home August 31, 1949 Lancashire Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 31, 1949 Law Cup
Oldham v Hunslet Home September 3, 1949 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away September 5, 1949 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away September 10, 1949 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away September 24, 1949 League Championship
Liverpool Stanley v Oldham Away October 1, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home October 8, 1949 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away October 15, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home November 5, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Castleford Home November 19, 1949 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 26, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home December 3, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 10, 1949 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 17, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool Stanley Home December 24, 1949 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away December 26, 1949 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away December 27, 1949 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away December 31, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home January 7, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home January 14, 1950 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 21, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home February 4, 1950 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away February 11, 1950 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Whitehaven Home February 18, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home March 4, 1950 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 11, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 18, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Castleford Home March 25, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home April 1, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 7, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Bordeaux & Villeneuve Home April 10, 1950 Friendly
Warrington v Oldham Away April 11, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 15, 1950 League Championship
Castleford v Oldham Away April 19, 1950 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away April 22, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 12, 1950 Law Cup
Whitehaven v Oldham Away August 19, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home August 21, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v York Home August 26, 1950 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away August 30, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 2, 1950 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 9, 1950 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 12, 1950 Lancashire Cup
Batley v Oldham Away September 16, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home September 23, 1950 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 25, 1950 Lancashire Cup
Bramley v Oldham Away September 30, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home October 7, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home October 10, 1950 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home October 21, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home November 4, 1950 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away November 11, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home November 18, 1950 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 25, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home December 2, 1950 League Championship
Liverpool Stanley v Oldham Away December 9, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1950 League Championship
York v Oldham Away December 26, 1950 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 6, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home January 20, 1951 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away February 10, 1951 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leeds Home February 17, 1951 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away February 24, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool Stanley Home March 3, 1951 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away March 10, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 17, 1951 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 23, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home March 24, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home March 26, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 7, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home April 21, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 23, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 30, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home May 8, 1951 Benefit Match
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 11, 1951 Law Cup
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home August 18, 1951 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away August 22, 1951 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away August 25, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home August 28, 1951 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 1, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 4, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away September 22, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home September 24, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v New Zealand Home September 29, 1951 Tour Match
Oldham v Warrington Home October 6, 1951 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away October 13, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home October 16, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home October 20, 1951 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away October 27, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home November 3, 1951 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away November 10, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 17, 1951 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away November 24, 1951 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away December 8, 1951 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away December 15, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home December 22, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home December 26, 1951 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away December 29, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 3, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home January 5, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 12, 1952 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 2, 1952 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away February 9, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Hull FC Home February 16, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away March 1, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Bramley v Oldham Away March 8, 1952 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 22, 1952 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away March 29, 1952 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 11, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 12, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home April 14, 1952 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away April 26, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v RL XIII Home May 6, 1952 Benefit Match
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 16, 1952 Law Cup
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home August 23, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home August 30, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away September 3, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leeds Home September 6, 1952 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away September 10, 1952 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away September 13, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 20, 1952 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 24, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away September 27, 1952 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away October 4, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home October 11, 1952 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 18, 1952 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away November 1, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home November 8, 1952 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away November 15, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home November 22, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home December 6, 1952 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away December 20, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1952 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 26, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home December 27, 1952 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 10, 1953 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away January 17, 1953 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 8, 1953 Law Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home August 15, 1953 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away August 22, 1953 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away August 26, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home August 29, 1953 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 2, 1953 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 5, 1953 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 7, 1953 Lancashire Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away September 12, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home September 19, 1953 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away September 24, 1953 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away September 26, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home October 3, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home October 10, 1953 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away October 17, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 24, 1953 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away October 31, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home November 7, 1953 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 14, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home November 21, 1953 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away November 28, 1953 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 12, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home December 19, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1953 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 26, 1953 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away January 2, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 9, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home January 16, 1954 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away January 23, 1954 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 6, 1954 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home February 13, 1954 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away February 20, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home March 6, 1954 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Barrow v Oldham Away March 13, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home March 20, 1954 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Neutral April 3, 1954 Exhibition Match
Oldham v Warrington Home April 8, 1954 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away April 10, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home April 12, 1954 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 16, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home April 17, 1954 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 19, 1954 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away May 15, 1954 Benefit Match
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 7, 1954 Law Cup
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away August 14, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home August 21, 1954 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away August 25, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home September 14, 1954 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away September 18, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home September 20, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 25, 1954 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 30, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away October 2, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home October 9, 1954 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 16, 1954 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Neutral October 23, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Liverpool City v Oldham Away October 30, 1954 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 13, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home November 20, 1954 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 27, 1954 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away December 11, 1954 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away December 18, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home December 28, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home January 1, 1955 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away January 8, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home January 15, 1955 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away January 22, 1955 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away March 12, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 19, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away March 26, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 2, 1955 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 8, 1955 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away April 9, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home April 11, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home April 16, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home April 23, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Neutral May 14, 1955 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 13, 1955 Law Cup
Oldham v Keighley Home August 20, 1955 Friendly
Leeds v Oldham Away September 10, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home September 17, 1955 League Championship
York v Oldham Away September 24, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home October 1, 1955 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away October 8, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 15, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 22, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v New Zealand Home October 29, 1955 Tour Match
Leigh v Oldham Away November 5, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home November 12, 1955 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 19, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home November 26, 1955 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 3, 1955 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away December 10, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home December 17, 1955 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 24, 1955 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away December 27, 1955 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away January 2, 1956 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 7, 1956 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away April 2, 1956 League Championship